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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | May 28, 2019

Greetings!

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend (and averted disaster from last night’s storms). I will be on vacation in Vermont next weekend to do, among other things, the Covered Bridges Half Marathon with Andrea, Drew and Kelsey. Otto will lead the group in my stead and, since it’s the first Saturday of the month, he’ll take you on the Winans to Winans route. Easy peasy. In addition, the GVWC newsletter itself will be on vacation next week which means no newsletter next Tuesday. (I know, I know … this will be a blow to some, so I’m giving you advance notice to prepare and adapt. Haha!) Catch you all a week from Saturday. Oh, and it’s that time of year: don’t forget your sunscreen!

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Update to “How Many Pushups Can You Do? You May Want to Find Out”
  • Physical Exercise Benefits Mental Health
  • 10 Daily Habits That Can Actually Change Your Life
  • The Dangers of Sitting
  • Are We Victims of “Health Washing”?

Now here are three walkers who got a little off course: Deb, Karin, and Chris. I understand they did not do the Four for Fore Race on Thursday night as intended. All was not lost. They dressed for race day as they would normally, just a few days later (for our regular Saturday walk). Fun idea, ladies!
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Update to “How Many Pushups Can You Do? You May Want to Find Out”

Last week, we presented this article, A Simple Firefighter Exercise Test Also Reveals Risk of Heart Problems, where we learned that the number of pushups we can do in two minutes is an indicator of how healthy our heart is and what our risk for heart disease might be. The goal (for a 40-year-old male) is 80 pushups in 2 minutes. I tried it once and came up way short. Jim Matysiak, on the other hand, hit the 80 push-ups in 2 minutes. Holy cow, that is an amazing accomplishment. If you try it, you know how hard it is. Way to be, Jim. Thanks for representing us old guys!

Physical Exercise Benefits Mental Health

As I say frequently, I believe my walking regimen helps me as much mentally and emotionally, as it does physically. Getting outside in the morning and breathing fresh air helps me clear my head so I can start my day with a positive attitude. Here is an article from Verywellmind blog talks more about the mental benefits of exercise.

10 Daily Habits That Can Actually Change Your Life

At the GVWC, we talk about building healthy habits one habit at a time. A healthy habit can be something as small as drinking more water every day, to eschewing the elevator for the stairs, or adding one more vegetable to your dinner. Here is an article from Forbes with 10 bigger habits that can help increase your success and happiness.

The Dangers of Sitting

We have all heard about it now: the dangers of sitting. Here is another a reminder to keep moving: Harvard Medical Center Health Beat blog outlines in plain language why sitting too long can create some serious health issues. Now move along!

Are We Victims of “Health Washing”?

It’s not enough to read labels at the grocery store, but it’s also important to read what’s behind what’s on the labels. This article by Fast Company, You’re probably being tricked by “health washing” at the grocery store, offers both an explanation on why they do it and advice on how to avoid this sleight-of-hand move by packaging designers. From one expert, “Just check the calorie count. ‘In general, if you’re trying to lose weight or stay thin, calorie count is what matters,’ he says. ‘And it’s a much simpler thing to digest for people than the complete nutritional profile.’” Ha! Do you see what he did there? Much simpler to digest??

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all one week from this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | May 21, 2019

Greetings!

We had a good walk along Otto’s Route Saturday as we dodged the German Village Valuables and the Race for the Cure.  As we head into the summer and warmer weather, we will be walking the nicely tree canopied Otto’s Route, following the path along the Scioto River south of Greenlawn Avenue.

Have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend, y’all. Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Nuts About Walnuts
  • Want to Live Longer? Stop Doing These 10 Things
  • How Many Pushups Can You Do? You May Want to Find Out
  • The Gravest and Most Costly Public Health Issue
  • Such an Easy Thing Improves Your Well-Being

With the warmer weather, you will start to see the GVWC t-shirts in full bloom, as seen in this picture with Catherine, Vicky, Larry, Janet, Kristen and Neil. Looking good!

GVWC shirts

Nuts about Walnuts

Nuts are one of those superpower foods that people talk about. Well, walnuts may be the healthiest of all of them. According to this article from the MBGfood blog, walnuts contain high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). ALA is an omega-3 fatty acid known to lower inflammation and boost brain and heart health. They are the top of the healthiest nut list.

Want to Live Longer?  Stop Doing These 10 Things

This article from the Verywellhealth blog provides a good reminder for maintaining good health and helping us to live longer, healthier lives. For me, some are obvious and easy to control, such not smoking, eating fewer processed foods, and moving more. I admit I have a more difficult time reducing stress and anxiety, and putting things in perspective. Rather than a To Do list, this is a great Try NOT To Do list. As with anything else, it takes practice and working to create healthy habits to improve your health and wellness.  Find something on the list and work on it.

How Many Pushups Can You Do? You May Want to Find Out

In this article, A Simple Firefighter Exercise Test Also Reveals Risk of Heart Problems, we learn that the number of pushups we can do in two minutes is an indicator of how healthy our heart is and what our risk for heart disease might be. If you (a middle-aged male) can do at least 40 push-ups per minute without stopping while maintaining a regular rhythm, “your risk for heart disease is about 96 percent lower than those who can only do 10 in that time period.” Like grip strength, normal walking speed, and timed “up and go” out of a chair, this study isn’t evidence that push-ups themselves “confer additional protection against heart disease. Instead, it suggests that push-up capacity might be a good, simple way to estimate physical fitness, or exercise capacity which has been shown to predict future risk of cardiovascular disease.” Get down and give me 80!

The Gravest and Most Costly Public Health Issue

You might be surprised if I told you the gravest and most costly public health issue in the United States is child abuse. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACE) conducted between 1995 and 1997, where more than 50,000 patients responded to an evaluation on childhood trauma and were scored from 0-10. The results linked childhood trauma & abuse with health and social problems across an adult’s life, including behaviors (like lack of physical activity, alcoholism and drug use) and health problems (like severe obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and depression). The book, The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., and summarized in this excerpt at Delancyplace.com, argues that “eradicating child abuse in America would reduce the overall rate of depression by more than half, alcoholism by two-thirds, and suicide, IV drug use, and domestic violence by three-quarters. It would also have a dramatic effect on workplace performance and vastly decrease the need for incarceration.”

Such an Easy Thing Improves Your Well-Being

OK, maybe that last blurb was a heavy and a little depressing. How about something to lighten the mood? Researchers have concluded that this simple act could make you feel happier, more empathetic and less anxious. According to Douglas Gentile, professor of psychology at Iowa State University, “Walking around and offering kindness to others in the world reduces anxiety and increases happiness and feelings of social connection. It’s a simple strategy that doesn’t take a lot of time that you can incorporate into your daily activities.” On our next walk, lets practice!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | May 14, 2019

Greetings!

We rolled out the Franklinton Route this past Saturday which allowed our walkers to experience the revitalization in east Franklinton, including River & Rich and Gravity residential developments, and the National Veterans Memorial and Museum and its impressive Memorial Grove. If you missed the walk, check out an article about Roy G Biv’s new Franklinton home that appeared in Sunday’s Dispatch. Our Saturday walk was special not just because of the new route, but because we welcomed back some long-time friends who have been away:  Marie (who winters in Puerto Rico), Phyllis (hip surgery) and Vern (neck surgery). We are so happy to see your smiling faces again!

Note that parking may be an issue this Saturday due to Village Valuables, the city’s biggest yard sale, which runs from 8am – 3pm. Be careful as there will be many pedestrians on the move for their next big bargain.  And, leave a little early to beat the traffic.  Otto says that you can get some great exercise equipment deals at his place!  Also in GV on Saturday 7pm and Sunday 3pm, you can catch our very own Frank and Sondra in the Village Singers presentation of “Love, Love, Me Do” at the Meeting Haus.

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Why You Should Never Start [Walking]
  • The Ratio of Negative to Positive Behavior In Relationships
  • The Future of Housing Looks Nothing Like Today’s
  • GVWC Presents the AAMWWI Spring to Your Feet Fitness Challenge – POSTPONED
  • Columbus Art Walks and Landmarks

Here are pictures of Marie and Phyllis, Dr. Steph and Vern, and our group Saturday:

marie phyllissteph vern

schiller group

Below is a picture of the group heading down to the Memorial Grove behind Veterans Museum.  Also, below is a picture of group of us on Sunday in the community gardens in Franklin Park Conservatory:

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franklin park community garden

Why You Should Never Start [Walking]

Yeah, I admit it. I probably talk too much about walking and the walking club. But that’s because I have truly benefited from the magic of walking. Such a simple, low cost, low tech activity offers so many tangible benefits, including improved health, better fitness, and more friendships. And it’s exactly because I’m a walking enthusiast that I truly appreciate the facetious tone of this article, Why You Should Never Start Running. (When reading the article, substitute “walking” everywhere it says “running.”) Oh, the horrors of walking! Things like getting fit and being happy and boring all your friends with stories about your training and races. Terrible! Don’t start! Thanks, Steph, for the entertaining article.

The Ratio of Negative to Positive Behavior In Relationships

Maybe you’re familiar with the concept made famous by Stephen Covey of the Emotional Bank Account, which is based on research conducted by John Gottman of the University of Washington. We make deposits to the account with positive interactions. We make withdrawals through negative interactions. The trick to understanding interpersonal behavior—and how we feel about our relationships with the people in our lives—is about the ratio of negative to positive behaviors. In this summary of Gottman’s work, The Ratio of Negative to Positive Behavior In Relationships, we learn “negative balances are not wiped from other people’s minds at the end of the day, but instead carry over to your next interaction. This is bad news if you end the day in the red with someone, but good news if you end the day with money in the bank. When people leave interactions with a negative balance, it has a way of building corrosive resentment in others’ minds, which essentially adds interest to their emotional debt.” I guess what they say about never going to bed angry is true.

The Future of Housing Looks Nothing Like Today’s

Even if you’ve been in Columbus for just five years, you’ve likely noticed many changes to our community. And if you’ve been here for a couple decades or more, you’ve witness incredible changes. Multigenerational households are on the rise once more, but as detailed in this article The Future of Housing Looks Nothing Like Today’s, the living situation will not be organized in the way we remember from our grandparents day.

GVWC Presents the AAMWWI Spring to Your Feet Fitness Challenge – POSTPONED!

Columbus Art Walks and Landmarks

Again this year, Columbus Landmarks is teaming up with Columbus Public Health to put on weekly walks of the cool neighborhoods around the City. The weekly walks will take place on Monday nights, 7pm – 8pm, from May through August. You’ll recognize many of the routes because the GVWC walks them on Saturday mornings. For more information and the Walk schedule, check out this link. Thanks, Steph Waterman, for the contribution!

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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GVWC Weekly Newsletter | May 7, 2019

Greetings!

Thanks to everyone on Saturday who joined us to Walk the Avenue as a part of the Avenue for All (presented by our friends, The United Methodist Church & Community Development for All People). It was nice to experience yet another part of our city. Speaking of experiencing new parts of the city, this Saturday, we will unveil the new Franklinton Route for 5-milers. It offers a cool glimpse of redevelopment in Franklinton, including residential housing and breweries.

Here’s what you will find in the newsletter this week:

  • Diva Half Marathon, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Mental Toughness. Do you Have it?
  • What Is the Worst That Can Happen By Skipping Breakfast?
  • Start Your Morning Happy
  • GVWC Presents the AAMWWI Spring to Your Feet Fitness Challenge
  • Long Street Bridge Cultural Walk – This Saturday
  • Columbus Art Walks and Landmarks
  • PSA: Latest Phone Scam

Below is a photo of the group at breakfast at Planks on Parsons after our Walk the Avenue on Saturday. Did you know you can get pizza for breakfast at Planks!

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Diva Half Marathon, Myrtle Beach, SC

Congratulations to Priscilla (5K), Dr. Steph, Karen, Vicky, Kim, Darla, and Catherine (aka, the Divas) on completing the Diva Half Marathon in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Sunday. Here is how the half marathon weekend went, which looked like a very fun time:

Packing light for the race (just shoes, shorts and a couple t-shirts, right?):

packing light

Hydrating for the weekend:

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What “hydrating” the night before will make you do:

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What too much hydrating the night before will make you do:

too much hydrating

Post race hydrating:

post race hydrating

Congratulations, ladies!

In solidarity with the Divas in Myrtle Beach, a number of us did 13.1 miles in Gahanna.  Congrats to Eleanor, Deb, Steph, Linda, Mo, Larry, Mike and Jim. We walked in a tutu-free zone.

solidarity

Mental Toughness.  Do you Have it?

I think when push comes to shove, we all are tougher than we think. This article from the Verywellfit blog discusses the components of the mental toughness, and how to cultivate it. Do you have grit, determination, willpower and fortitude? Whether it comes to sports or other areas of your life, I bet you have more than you think you do.

What Is the Worst That Can Happen By Skipping Breakfast?

I have always been a breakfast eater. My preference is cold cereal, with my favorites being Shredded Wheat or Special K. Andrea prefers oatmeal or Cream of Wheat with some fresh fruit thrown in. Though we’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, many don’t pay much attention. You should, though, because, according to this article, The cost of skipping breakfast? Your heart health. “If you don’t make a habit of eating breakfast, new research suggests it could put you at greater risk of early heart-related death.” So, eat your Wheaties or granola with fruit or whatever you prefer. Just eat breakfast. Your heart will thank you.

Start Your Morning Happy

“You can’t control everything that happens during the day, but you can control how it begins.” No truer words have ever been spoken. In addition to eating breakfast (#8), check out 9 Ways Happy People Start Their Mornings. “A good morning routine will help you feel relaxed, alert and energized. Starting your morning on the right foot means creating a feeling of happiness that you can carry with you all day long.”

GVWC Presents the AAMWWI Spring to Your Feet Fitness Challenge

The GVWC is thrilled to team up again this year with the African American Male Wellness Initiative to present our Spring to Your Feet Fitness Challenge on three Saturdays in May, June, and July leading up to the August 10, 2019 16th Annual AAMWWI in August. The first event will be May 18 and feature a 3-mile walk, along with a fitness challenge at the Scioto Audubon Obstacle Course. Consider entering a 5-person obstacle course challenge team. All for fun and fitness. Look for more information in the coming weeks.

Long Street Bridge Cultural Walk – This Saturday

This Saturday, GVWC member, Diedre Allen, is hosting her group “Matters Laced Together” where the history of the Near East Side will take place as they share the stories of those on the Cultural Wall such as our very own Otto Beatty and many others.  Here are the details:

Special Feature: WillowBeez Soulveg

May 11, 2019 @ 8:45am

Corner of East Long Street and Lester Drive, Columbus, OH 43203

Please come join us for a fantastic opportunity to learn about the rich history of original designers, funders & innovators of the Near East Side. Ms. Julialynne Walker will lead our walk as we share together. Following the history tour, we will feature Willowbeez Soulveg. There will be samples of their famous vegan chili at the Community Garden located at: 925 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Columbus, OH 43203 (Lawn chair optional).

Columbus Art Walks and Landmarks

Again this year, Columbus Landmarks is teaming up with Columbus Public Health to put on weekly walks of the cool neighborhoods around the City. The weekly walks will take place on Monday nights, 7pm – 8pm, from May through August. You’ll recognize many of the routes because the GVWC walks them on Saturday mornings. For more information and the Walk schedule, check out this link. Thanks, Steph Waterman, for the contribution!

Public Service Announcement: Latest Phone Scam

Finally, if you get a one-ring phone call from an unfamiliar number, don’t call it back. Read more here.

Route of the Week

This week’s route can be found here.

Motivation of the Week

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Finishing Line

I hope to catch you all this Saturday. Until then, whatever you do, finish strong!

Larry

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